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Blueberry muffin (Flour Chylde bakery)

20140625-074645-28005278.jpgFlour Chylde Bakery did it again – they created a gluten free treat that was moist and not grainy.

This blueberry muffin has a wholesome taste to it – the flour mixture tastes more like a dense bran muffin than a white blueberry cake. It could use some help esthetically and of course, more blueberries! Overall, if you are looking for a classic blueberry muffin in the gluten free varietal, then look elsewhere, otherwise this is a wholesome treat you can ‘chew’.

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin (Mariposa Bakery)

20140608-113443-41683493.jpgMy favorite gluten free blueberry muffin is from Mariposa bakery. I couldn’t pass one up when I visited their flagship bakeshop in Oakland for the first time (I typically go to the SF Ferry Building). Their bakery smelled heavenly. The last 30 mins they are open everything is 20% off.

The blueberry muffin has a brown sugar crumb topping which reminds me of my homemade blueberry muffin topping. Not only is the topping crumble but the inside falls apart in your hand – this is not meant to be eaten with a fork. The inside is moist, not grainy and delicate. By the looks of it they use fresh blueberries instead of frozen because the dough is not a blue color.

The only thing differing from my homemade blueberry muffins is that I tend to put more blueberries in my muffins =)

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Gluten Free Scone Review (Pushkin Bakery)

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Maple Walnut Pushkin Bakery Scone

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Lemon Scone – Pushkin Bakery

The maple walnut scone is hardy and chewy. It has good flavor with the walnuts and while warming it in the microwave I could smell the maple, though it was a little lacking in the execution. It had a mild sweet like a scone should have.

The lemon scone was chewy as well, and bursting with lemon flavor.  It has more icing than the maple scone, and is sweet and tart at the same time. Both of the scones are dense just like a scone should be.

I will try these scones from Pushkin again and try them fresh, I think putting them in the microwave made them more chewy than they should have been.

 


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Franz Bakery (Gluten Free Breads)

Franz Bakery based out of the northwest portion of the U.S.A now has gluten free breads. Their 7 grains gluten free bread is the best sandwich bread I’ve had.

Product: Franz Bakery 7 Grains Gluten Free Sandwich Bread
Price: $??
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Very few holes
  • Don’t fall apart
  • Are large for a gluten free bread
  • MOIST

Bottom line, I couldn’t believe it was gluten free.


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Chocolate Chip Cookie & Blueberry Muffin (Pushkin Bakery)

The gluten free chocolate chip cookie had a deep brown sugar taste. It was moist, and tasted like a home made chocolate chip cookie. It only slightly grainy, and didn’t hold together as well as other cookies but I wouldn’t call it ‘crumbly’. Nice sized chunks of chocolate in the cookie.

The gluten free blueberry muffin had a ton of blueberries, was moist, and had just a slight grainy texture. There was no crumb topping that you see on most blueberry muffins, but I don’t think it was necessary, as it was just the right amount of sweet.

If I were in the area again, I’d certainly pick up the chocolate chip cookie and blueberry muffin from Pushkin Bakery.

My favorite gluten free chocolate chip cookie is from Red House Bakery and gf blueberry muffin favorite is from Mariposa Bakery.

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Little Black Dress (Flour Chylde Bakery)

Flour Chylde has a stand at the Mission farmer’s market every Thursday in San Francisco and whenever they have this Chocolate espresso brandy treat, it’s hard to resist not getting one, even if it’s to save for later (freezes well!).

A combination of bittersweet chocolates, espresso, and Brandy to produce fudge-like density with a blast of rich chocolate and only a hint of alcohol burn. This is a treat to savor each bite. I recommend eating it with a small fork. If it wasn’t so moist you would need a glass of milk to compliment it.

You will not be let down with this Little Black Dress treat from Flour Chylde.

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Flour Chylde (Gluten Free Bakery)

 

Flour Chylde's Farmer's market stand

Flour Chylde’s Farmer’s market stand

Flour Chylde is a gluten free bakery based out of Novato, CA and their treats can be found at SF Bay Area farmer’s markets if you don’t want to make the trip to Novato. Though for these baked goods, you would be willing to make the trip. They only serve some of their gluten free treats at the bakery in Novato, so be sure to visit a booth at a local farmer’s market too.

I love their use of almond flour/meal for a base of a number of their tortes (like the Rapture Torte). It gives it a decadent unique flavor. They have an assortment of treats along with breads. Their breads are delicious!

Here are a few treats and breads I’ve tried:

  • Baguettes
  • Country Style Loaf
  • Cake Bar-baker’s choice
  • Linzer Torte
  • Rapture Torte – one of my favorites
  • Chocolate Lemon Coconut Torte
  • Little Black Dress – one of my favorites
  • Pumpkin muffin
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter

Note, this bakery may not be 100% gluten free. Next time I go to the stand I’ll ask, but my recollection is that they produce non-gluten free items in their bakery and sell them in their bakeshop in Novato. All items at the farmer’s markets are gluten free.